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Meaning of “small talk” in the English Dictionary

"small talk" in British English

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small talknoun [U]

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conversation about things that are not ​important, often between ​people who do not ​know each other well: I don't ​enjoyparties where I have to makesmalltalk with ​completestrangers.
(Definition of small talk from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"small talk" in American English

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small talknoun [U]

 /ˈsmɔl ˌtɔk/
socialconversation about ​unimportant things, often between ​people who do not ​know each other well: I ​hateconversation that is nothing but small talk.
(Definition of small talk from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"small talk" in Business English

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small talknoun [U]

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polite ​conversation about things that are not important, often between ​people who are ​meeting for the first ​time: I soon learned how to make ​smalltalk with ​people at ​formalreceptions.
(Definition of small talk from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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